Since launching in 2010, The Web Summit has grown into the largest technology conference in the world.
The Polyglot Group’s Paolo Fusaro and Hanane Jendoubi headed to Lisbon, Portugal to attend the 2017 event. Taking place from 6th – 9th November This event drew thousands of entrepreneurs, tech experts, investors, policymakers and corporate leaders. True to the Web Summit’s mission, the event forged global connectedness between startups and investors.
Over the course of 4 days, we had the pleasure of hearing from over 1,000 leading speakers. The key discussions were as diverse as the tech industry its self. Just some of the thought-provoking topics included VR, IoT, Fintech, API, Mobile Applications, AI and Cryptocurrencies.
Here are some of our favourite talks and their key insights.
Levering the Creative Power of Communities
In his moving talk, Lars Silberbauer, Senior Global Director at LEGO Group, discussed how a diverse workforce is able to leverage different channels to drive their global brand experience.
Lars opened his talk by pinpointing one of LEGO’s key business challenges: how to ensure the product stays globally relevant in today’s market. Facilitating global scale is a challenge faced by many businesses.
“It’s like trying to build a castle on plates of ice that are constantly moving around,” said Lars. “[We can’t just] build things from the ground up, and believe that they will remain the same.”
By this token, Lars spoke about LEGO’s own strategy: adapting and predicting change in the digital landscape. This enables LEGO to embrace digital transformations and utilise these changes to leverage their own brand. How? Through an imaginative and curious mindset, as well as empowering an agile workforce and listening to the creative powers of their audience.
The future of work
Another one of our favourite talks was from Stephane Kasrie, the CEO of Upwork.
During his talk, Stephane reflected upon Upwork’s recent survey conducted with freelancers. The result was a fascinating insight into the ‘freelance economy’ and the future of work.
“The fourth industrial revolution will be a time… where jobs are changing massively,” said Stephane. “The fabric of work its self will undergo a massive revolution.”
After reflecting on the ways in which a workforce can work remotely, Stephane educated the audience on “7 things you need to know about freelancers.”
Here are some of our favourite observations.
1. The freelance workforce is bigger than people estimate.
According to Upwork’s study, freelancers made 1.4 trillion dollars in the US over the duration of 12 months (about 8% of the US GDP).
2. In the near future, most people will freelance.
This concept is based on the data-backed predictions, where the freelancing population is rapidly outgrowing that of the overall working population.
3. Freelancers are better equipped for the future
“Gone are the days where you could study for the first 20 years of your life… and use the same skills for the rest of your career,” said Stephane.
Life-long learning and constant re-training are fundamental. The data shows that 55% of freelancers are updating their skills as jobs evolve, compared to only 30% of full-time employees.
Until Next Time…
Once again, The Web Summit has delivered an abundance of opportunities to learn about tech and its revolutionary impact. Would you like to attend one of these facinating events? Stay tuned to the Web Summit page for all upcoming events (plus the latest news and resources)!